The smile’s appearance may suffer due to any number of flaws, including chips, cracks, stains and crooked teeth, among other issues.
Porcelain veneers can help to conceal these flaws, and these versatile devices can be used in a number of scenarios. The porcelain is advantageous to patients because it shares many optical qualities with biological tooth enamel.
Porcelain veneers can help to conceal these flaws, and these versatile devices can be used in a number of scenarios.
Although veneers are made of porcelain, which might make it seem like they are fragile, these devices are quite durable. After a cosmetic dentist attaches them to your teeth, veneers can last for up to a decade as long as you take good care of them.
The thin, tooth-shaped shells are bonded to the teeth with dental cement, which is what gives porcelain veneers their additional strength. Depending on the thickness of the veneer, the cosmetic dentist may need to remove a thin layer of enamel prior to placing the veneer so that the veneer does not protrude from the rest of the smile.
Although porcelain veneers can be quite sturdy, patients should still use common sense when biting with a tooth that has been fitted with a veneer. Anything that can damage tooth enamel, which is also a durable substance, can also damage a veneer. Don’t chew non-food objects like pencils or your fingernails, and avoid biting down directly on very hard foods with your veneer.
Patients with veneers who play contact sports should also be sure to wear a custom-fitted mouthguard to limit the chances of damaging the veneers through an athletic injury. Bruxism, or grinding the teeth, can also harm veneers, so it’s important to have this condition treated before pursuing veneers.
To maximize the lifespan of veneers, patients should also maintain a solid, thorough and consistent oral hygiene routine at home, including twice-daily brushing and daily flossing.
Patients who want to enhance the appearance of their smiles can benefit from porcelain veneers. Discuss this treatment option with our cosmetic dentist to learn what outcomes can potentially be achieved in your case.